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    Python Hunting with Drones

    ok so a "5metre" long python shed was found along some trail, woods and river near Warsaw, Poland. yes, that can be a pause for caution while authorities look for the lost, escaped, abandoned snake as they put out PSA's to the public. what i found really interesting is that they are using drones in the search for the big snake. a drone's birdseye view might be helpful if the snake is out in the open, but i bet it's tucked itself into a hole or at least definitely under brush.

    1st article: http://thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/37208...se-near-Warsaw
    Giant snake feared on the loose near Warsaw
    Residents in an area south of Warsaw have been warned against taking walks in the open after a more than five-metre-long snake skin was found in their neighbourhood.

    An animal welfare organisation has said the find means that a dangerous snake, identified as a Python molurus, or Indian python, could be on the loose and hiding somewhere along the Vistula River in the district of Konstancin Jeziorna, just south of the Polish capital.

    The Animal Rescue Polska Foundation says it was notified after the freshly-shed snake skin was found in the area on Saturday.

    “The moult is fresh, so the snake is hungry and can be aggressive,” the organisation has said on its website.

    It has asked people "to refrain from taking walks in the area and sleeping out in the open” and “to watch the area closely."

    It added that children and pets were at special risk of attack by the snake, which it said had left traces of being on the move.

    A search was under way for the snake on Monday, Polish media reported.
    2nd article w/ Drone Update: http://thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/372935...r-giant-python
    Polish firefighters deploy drones in hunt for giant python
    Polish firefighters have deployed drones and boats to search for a giant python on the loose near Warsaw.

    Officials have urged people to avoid walking in the open and by the Vistula River, warning that the snake could be hungry and aggressive.

    A search started on land and on water after residents found a freshly shed, five-metre-long skin in the Konstancin Jeziorna area, just south of the Polish capital, last Saturday.

    Fire brigade spokesman Paweł Frątczak said on Friday that firefighters were using four drones to search the area from the air, backed by four boats and pontoons and an employee of the Warsaw zoo.
    The authorities do not know where the snake came from, the PAP news agency reported.

    here's the shed. apparently it was found at night in the thickets.
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    You're right, they'd have to really get lucky using drones, but it probably also saves a lot of manpower, so it's worth trying...and also, drones aren't afraid to
    be out there with the super-sized serpent.

    I just hope it's not someone's idea of a joke, "planting" a shed from their pet that is still at home...

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    Re: Python Hunting with Drones

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    You're right, they'd have to really get lucky using drones, but it probably also saves a lot of manpower, so it's worth trying...and also, drones aren't afraid to
    be out there with the super-sized serpent.

    I just hope it's not someone's idea of a joke, "planting" a shed from their pet that is still at home...
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    Burmese. Winters in Poland are brutal, I hope it's found before then.

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    ok here's an update and more substantial article: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/...es-poland.html

    a few notes or TL; DR:
    1. since finding the original shed and starting the search, they have found big python poop and tracks; some peeps have claimed sightings.
    2. authorities have claimed that amateur "python hunters" are messing up the search for social media photo ops
    3. there's a search dog named Cocaine aiding in the search
    4. hotline tips led to the capture of 3 other loose snakes in town
    5. there was a classified listing a month before everything began for the adoption of a 20year old, 6meter long python named Bertha who's owner died

    story:
    Search for 18-foot python that escaped transfixes Poland

    WARSAW, Poland – The summer snake scare began with an act of oversharing.

    A fisherman posted to Facebook a picture of an 18-foot-long python’s freshly shed skin that he had found in a suburban park.

    From there it took off, bringing internet panic. It was the peak of July, and a heat wave had brought weather more suitable for pythons than Poles.

    “I am scared for my children and my pets,” one Facebook user said.

    After reported sightings grew across Poland, local agencies went all out in their snake hunt. The government cleared airspace in the capital last month to let drones pursue the beast. Helicopters, amateur sleuths, a woman dressed as a snake and a celebrity private detective soon elbowed into the quest. A hotline helped police nab three other exotic snakes slithering through town.

    Snake droppings suggest that Bertha, as searchers call her, had been eating something out there in the chest-high grass, something furry.

    For a country riven by a culture war between its nationalist government and the liberal opposition, the thought of a cruise-missile-length serpent hunting pets in the Warsaw suburbs has become a welcome summer diversion. Thousands of Poles have shared rumors, grim jokes and memes guessing the predator’s motives or next moves.

    “It has been described as a python-o-mania,” said Polish animal-rights author Dariusz Gzyra. “Animals are this type of phenomenon that help unify a divided society.”

    And yet nobody has found Bertha, who is suspected to have been someone’s pet. If she isn’t found before autumn, her coldblooded life will end with the summer.

    The following account of Europe’s biggest snake hunt is based on extensive interviews with the search parties, herpetologists, police and a Belgian shepherd named Cocaine who came closer than any man or machine to finding the missing snake.

    Poland’s python fiasco points to a conundrum of the modern era: that social media complicates the problems it aims to solve. Trained snake handlers would have found her, experts say, if it weren’t for the amateurs who thundered in, posing for Instagram glory.

    “The problem is that everybody was walking on the ground, making noise, trying to find an animal that is afraid of noise,” said the Warsaw Zoo’s Reptile Brigade Leader Olga Pofelska.

    Poland has at times been better at importing exotic animals than keeping them. A pair of kangaroos hopped away from a petting zoo three years ago. One was later found bouncing through Warsaw. Earlier this year, another zoo’s chimpanzee picked his cage’s lock and scurried away. In the 1990s, a warthog bolted from his keepers, becoming a local media sensation as well as a four-hoofed metaphor for the nation’s thirst for freedom after communism.

    With Bertha—an Indian or Burmese python—the alarm began within hours after the fisherman posted his Facebook picture. Under public pressure, police blocked roads and contemplated closing beaches. The local animal-rescue crew entered the area.

    The plan at first was to find the snake and poke it with a stick into a cage, searchers said, but the terrain favored the snake. She had settled into a thickly forested, mud-puddled park. Endoscopes nudged into holes failed to find her.

    In swarmed the fire brigade, which built a tent city for 40 cadets tapped for the job. Ms. Pofelska briefed the nervous young men.

    “A snake is one big muscle,” she recalled informing them. “If it comes to contact between man and snake, you have no chance.”

    As the cadets, sweating in their protective suits, stepped gingerly through the grass, drones beamed down intelligence monitored in real time.

    Some drone feeds lacked precise GPS coordinates. Others captured supposed snakes that turned out to be logs.

    Animal rescuers identified python tracks. Some were likely mangled by tire treads and footprints from amateurs who had rushed in.

    Days went by. Poles started to doubt their institutions. Social-media users began to wonder whether the snake even existed.

    Meanwhile, the police chased their own lead. A hang glider flying over the area had photographed two men hauling a snake to a car. The car belonged to an erotic art photographer who specializes in shooting women wrapped in snakes.

    Detectives searched the photographer’s home and its serpent-filled bathroom. None of his reptiles matched the skin.

    Enter the hero a city needs: Cocaine, a Belgian shepherd recognized as one of Poland’s more temperamental but motivated sniffer dogs. Her handlers consider Cocaine, who injured a paw when she was a puppy, prickly but uniquely talented.

    Using two different sniff methods, Cocaine combed the woods in late July, detecting spots where the snake had sat or swum into the water. She found some fur-lined snake excrement. At times, she appeared spooked, jumping at the sight of a lizard.

    She showed some interest in entering one overgrown area. Her handlers held her back. “We didn’t want the snake to eat the dog,” said her trainer, Renata Jechorek.

    Since then, animal rescuers have chased bum leads dialed in daily. The snake ate a beaver, one fisherman claimed. It attacked me, said another. Callers sound increasingly concerned for the python, said the hotline’s operators.

    With the chances of finding Bertha dimming, some citizens are back to taking out frustration on the capital’s liberal bureaucracy. “Poor animal,” wrote one Facebook user. “The system fails again.”

    Earlier this month, rescuers found one last clue to her past.

    “Someone would like to give away a 20-year-old female python, her name is Bertha,” reads an anonymous and presumably unanswered online ad posted in February on a local website. “Six meters long. Her previous owner has died and there is no one to take care of her. Would anybody like to adopt a snake?”
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